Outta the city!

So far, China has been big city after big city for me. (Okay, well just 2 big cities, but they were really big.) Now I am in Tumen, which is about 25 hours by train Northeast of Beijing, right on the border with North Korea and about 3 hours from Russia.

While it was quite a haul getting here, I love seeing this other side of China. Not only is the town much smaller than Beijing, it is somewhat of a border town, with much Korean influence. Anyway, getting to hike on real mountain and go more than an hour with out hearing a taxi honk has been awesome. (Things are so po dunk here that the electricity was out all day today.)

Anyway, another bonus about being here is free internet (courtesy of Trista) and lots of down time. So, as saxtor so observantly pointed out, I've added a few features to the blog (ability to see old posts, and real-time comment tracking). I also threw together a little slide show. Now it isn't a BrothesrRoot worthy slideshow with autoplay, music, etc., but it will have to do. Mine does have captions though. Zing! Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.
Tuesday October 24 2006File under: travel, China

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on Tue 24th Oct, 2006 01:07 pm UTC gretchen said:
you're wearing pants???!!! what the...?!
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on Tue 24th Oct, 2006 01:55 pm UTC Wren said:
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm wearing pants. It's about 40 degrees out, and the wind can be quite biting. But that isn't the main reason. Being one of about 4 honkies in a town of this size raises quite a few eyebrows. Being a honky dressed like a freaking California surfer dude makes the stares all the more. Yesterday, even when I was wearing long pants, I got a blantant point and laugh. No joke.
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on Tue 24th Oct, 2006 03:11 pm UTC Jule said:
Och! Gretchen beat me to it, you do have pants on. I guess going pantless wouldn't be appropriate on this family friendly blog. I am glad we have photo documentation.
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on Tue 24th Oct, 2006 03:12 pm UTC Sonya said:
Erik and I have loved reading about your adventures! Erik wants to know if you are going to travel into Korea and Russia. He is following you on his world map...remember second cousin twice removed????? Did we ever figure that out?
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on Tue 24th Oct, 2006 03:15 pm UTC Jule said:
Och! Gretchen beat me to it, you do have pants on. I guess going pantless wouldn't be appropriate on this family friendly blog. I am glad we have photo documentation.
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on Tue 24th Oct, 2006 03:17 pm UTC Jule said:
Wren, what is that thing you are "running" on in your slideshow (btw: nice slideshow). and why do I keep posting twice?
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on Wed 25th Oct, 2006 01:22 am UTC Jule (not really. it's Andrew) said:
You know, posting under others' names is fun. really. now Jule will think he posted 3 times. it will just quicken his gradual descent into madness. mooohahahahaha! ps. nice pants pantsy.
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on Wed 25th Oct, 2006 06:50 am UTC Horge said:
Nice DIY slideshow. Cool that you made it to see North Korea. I did it from the other side (S. Korea for those not looking at a map). Speaking of which, are you going to go to South Korea? If you do, I can recommend some parks. I just have to find the name of them again... Otherwise, good to know that the North Koreans can still grill their bulgogi the same way as their southern brethern. Too bad most of them have no meat to grill...
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on Wed 25th Oct, 2006 05:15 pm UTC Jule said:
Double postings and Andrew make Jule go....something something....
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